Jason Scull (b. 1958)
John Coffee "Jack" Hays, 2002 with Framed Portrait by Matthew Brady
30 x 18 x 9 inches
inscribed on base: Jason Scull 2002 16 of 18
John Coffee “Jack” Hays was arguably the greatest Texas Ranger of all time and the most famous and feared fighter in Texas Ranger history. The Comanches named him “man-it-is-very-bad-luck-to-get-in-fight-with-because-devils-help-him” which was one word in the Comanche language. The Europeans shortened it to “Devil Jack”. The original casting of this bronze is a 16 ft. tall monument on the grounds of the Hays County Courthouse in San Marcos, Texas. This is casting #16 which was actually the last cast made prior to the mold being broken. Included with this lot is a custom framed print of the original 1858 Matthew Brady portrait of Col. Hayes.
The sculpture appears to be in good condition with no damage or evidence of restoration. The surface of the sculpture has a rust brown patina.
Private Collection, Austin, Texas